Why is it that so many conservative figureheads seem to have gay children or family members? Is it just the extreme juxtaposition that makes this a news story which stands out? It just strikes me as very odd, like the old stereotype of the hardened marine who is actually gay but works overly hard to suppress it. Daughter of conservative Republican calls herself 'liberal queer' Keyes of course critiqued Cheney's daughter for her "hedonism". Or perhaps I'm just seeing this more since two of the ones in the news have been Georgia figures: Georgia's leader for the Christian Coaltion, Sadie Fields, has a lesbian daughter who fought opposite her last year during the gay marriage amendment battle, publishing a very critical look at her mother's actions. Newt Gingrich, who pushed for the federal marriage law likewise has a lesbian sister. Makes one wonder. I believe that sexuality is both inate and learned (yes, I straddle both sides of the choice debate). Could the extreme conservatism have helped ground the sexuality in a child who is rebelling from their parents? Or perhaps the parent's current behavior is compensation for feeling they have failed somehow in raising their children. Oh well, just making observations. All in all the news story just feels wrong, as if somehow these conservative figures are being hypocritical. I've never liked stories where politicians are blamed or critiqued for the actions of their family members.